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Blanche Robertson
September 7, 2018

Under its editorial guidelines, the Washington Post - the Times' chief rival and perhaps one of the only other newspapers that could have landed the anonymous official's op-ed - might well have passed.

Trump lashed out in characteristic fashion, and the Times even ran a story about the op-ed and the ensuing fallout on its front page on Thursday.

How large the pool of "senior administration officials" is in Washington is a matter of interpretation.

Some of the guess-the-author game centered on whether the author worked in the White House or a federal agency.

The Partnership for Public Services tracks approximately 700 senior positions in government, ones that require Senate confirmation.

In an interview Thursday with Fox News, Trump said it was unfair for the person to pen the editorial anonymously because there's no way to discredit it.

"Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today's news", she wrote.

"The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States", Sanders said. The column attracted so much attention - as much for its existence as for what it actually said - that it raised the expectation that the author is someone powerful, she said. "But in context, the author is a coward confessing to a coup and daring Trump to get worse", veteran journalist Dan Froomkin said. "I have enough respect for the Times to believe that they wouldn't hold themselves up to that".

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He said Twitter has so far suspended 3,843 accounts the company believes are linked to the agency, and has seen recent activity. Warner said social media companies were doing better at combating disinformation, but their efforts were insufficient.

He suggested it "may not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative, it may be a deep state person who has been there for a long time".

McMahon isn't the only one to deny that she wrote the article either. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

But Mr Trump was said to be "volcanic" with rage over the article and is said to feel that the only people he can trust are his children. "That person should be found out and stopped", Giuliani said.

The US President fired back at the piece and its "gutless" author, demanding they be exposed for "national security purposes". "If you don't like your job and you're disgruntled, because of what this president has done, you can find another job but I think it's wrong and disingenuous to send something to the "New York Times without your name attached to make accusations that are unfounded and clearly can't be responded to".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on the issue during his visit to India. He added that he thought it was wrong of the Times not to identify the piece's author. The paper's executive editor, Dean Baquet, is responsible for the news side and was not part of the decision. "I know his tweeting and unconventional tactics bother people".

"So basically", Times investigative reporter Jodi Kantor observed in a tweet on Wednesday, "Times reporters now must try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity?"

Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?

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